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23 January 2017

Beauty Review: Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad Rust
Back again with another Kat Von D Beauty review and today I'm playing around with my new Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Rust. The quads have been around for a little while and, having read a whole host of mixed reviews, I finally decided to try it out for myself. Here's my honest thoughts...

Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad Rust
Naturally, I'd had my eye on this particular set for a while due to the beautiful colour palette. Having switched to cruelty-free beauty over the course of last year, I'd been desperate to find a decent orange and brick set to replace my old MAC one. At first glance, I can't really fault the packaging. As with the rest of the Kat Von D Beauty range, the casing and box detailing is just beautiful. Having opened it up and applied my brush, there is quite a far amount of excess which (though not ideal and often seen as a negative) does usually suggest high pigment. This was honestly a tad annoying (even though it was to be expected) but how did it fare on my face? 

Kat Von D Eye Contour Quad Rust
Whilst the four shades can be used individually, the palette is designed to contour the eye - each with it's own role. Following the suggestions on the box, I applied in this order...
  • The Base (pink/nude) is a matte warm pink intended to be used as the foundation for your eye look. Whilst it's subtle, it complements the other colours and adds just a little bit of warmth before applying some definition. 
  • Define (brown) is a rich matte brown with earthy pigments. Personally, I found this one slightly more difficult to blend without building it up and so I did use a darker brown to give it the full dramatic look I was hoping for. However, on it's own, it makes for a great everyday brown hew.
  • Contour (rust) is the matte rust orange. This truly helps to make the look pop - you can build on this as much or as little as you like and I love the colour. 
  • Highlight (white) is a pale satin tone to finish your look. Though subtle, this can be used on the inner eye corners and brow to neaten and add just a little bit of definition.  
Shade + Light Eye Quad Rust
I have to say that no matter how careful you are or how gentle your hand, you are bound to lose a lot of product. Again, whilst this shows just how fine the pigment of this palette is, it does mean after just one, it's impossible to keep this set looking new.

Secondly, whilst the product itself goes on well, I would strongly recommend using a primer with this. As I mentioned before, I found that the brown definer shade was a little tricky to blend but, despite some rather obvious flaws, I truly love the colours in this palette. Sadly, the photos really don't do it any justice but the rust tone is amazing. Luckily, I was able to purchase this with some gift vouchers so technically it didn't cost me a penny. As someone who doesn't wear eye shadow very often - it'll do me just fine. If you can see past the messy pigment and you're a master blender then this might just be one for you too.

Well, that's it for another beauty review. Have you tried the Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad or any of the Kat Von D beauty range yet? As always, I'd love to read your thoughts so please do leave me lots of lovely comments down below. And don't forget to check out the rest of my beauty reviews here. Have a great week!

Until next time,



  1. That orange rust shade looks absolutely gorgeous a perfect crease shade

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. I know, I really love it. Wish it showed up more in the photos!

  2. the colours are so pretty! loving the shades and I really wanna try the brand for the first time. I've heard mixed reviews about this too but loving the shades and I would definitely love to try it!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. Yeah they have been rather mixed. I can't fault the packaging and the colours although I do think it suits some skin better than others - for example the foundation made me break out so perhaps it's much better for dry skin. The lipsticks just don't last long enough for me x

  3. I love this look, you look beautiful! The rust shade is so pretty :)

    Emily / The Mini Mermaid

    1. Thanks so much! Yeah it's definitely what sold it for me :) xx

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    1. Aw thank you babe! Ugh I think it would look amazing on you - the plum one is really nice as well xx

  5. I'm heading to london this weekend, so hoping to pick up some KVD beauty products at Oxford St Debs, and was wondering what you thought of the Lock it foundation? I love the Tattoo liner and Everlasting lippies in Bow N Arrow and Loita!


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